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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask - Innis & Gunn

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Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey CaskInnis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask

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BA SCORE
86
very good

489 Ratings
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Ratings: 489
Reviews: 122
rAvg: 3.8
pDev: 13.95%
Wants: 32
Gots: 46 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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United Kingdom (Scotland)

Style | ABV
English Stout |  7.40% ABV

Availability: Limited (brewed once)

Notes/Commercial Description:
This beer is retired; no longer brewed.

No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: TMoney2591 on 01-20-2012)
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Photo of IronDjinn
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Thanks to Jim at Sherbrooke who passed this along from the Innis and Gunn rep for Canada. I wasn't very quick on the draw however, as this has been sitting in my fridge since before it was even commercially available, and have no good reason at all for not sampling it immediately. Still, better late than never....

From a 330 ml clear bottle that comes in a green box. Pours out black yet still translucent, exhibiting a cola-like hue when held to direct light.

Some raisin and fig on the nose, mild roasty malt, and some sweet booze. Notes of cafe au lait too.

Mild roasty malt up front in the flavour, drying out in the middle, yet with some raisin sweetness contrasted with herbal hops on the finish. Woody vanilla starts to coat the lips after several sips. Wood lingers on in the aftertaste, as does roasted malt and coffee notes when it warms.

Mouthfeel is lighter, although the texture still alludes a creamy fullness, with a low level of carbonation.

To my palate the whiskey barrel aging doesn't seem to add too much to the stout overall, however it certainly does add an extra layer to what's going on. Not a bad beer by any means, however it seems more like an experiment than something that was intentional when it comes to a final result.

Photo of Intrinsic
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've never seen a beer so opaque before. The head is also very dark and leaves very nice lacing. The smell isn't very complex, but its still good - molasses, bread, and that ever-so-faint whiskey quality. The taste, however, is a step above because the whiskey really shines through. It almost overpowers the other flavours of molasses and malts. It's a little on the sweet side - not very well balanced I'd say. Very creamy, very drinkable. It it wasn't so expensive I'd buy this again.

Photo of WALKER
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of Wordslinger
2/5  rDev -47.4%

Photo of BubbaMac
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Photo of leaddog
3.78/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Pours a dark chocolate brown/black with a finger width of creamy tan head.

Smell - Oak/woodsy, chocolate, roasted aromas.

Taste - Chocolatey with hints of vanilla, oak, and whiskey. Very rich flavours with a touch of roastiness (barley). Turns sweet at the finish.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied with light carbonation. Smooth and a tad creamy.

Overall - An enjoyable English stout by Innis & Gunn. Excellent roasted qualities in both aroma and flavour. Wished there was a bit more oak and whiskey flavour from the barrel, but that is personal preference.

Photo of aychbomb
3.25/5  rDev -14.5%

Photo of ElGordo
3.98/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark, cola brown with some garnet highlights and a bit of creamy tan head. Aroma of sweet dark malt and a sweet, slightly oaky tinge of Irish whisky. Palate is huge on malt, a blend of biscuit and sweet bread. There's no real hop character to speak of, but the oak and whisky from the barrel shine through pretty well. The alcohol is well-integrated, I'd never guess that this is 7.4% ABV. I suppose there could be a little more whisky here, but it's a solid beer, for sure.

Photo of closisinthehouse
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of WorldOfBeerCraft
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of RWNewhouse
3/5  rDev -21.1%

Photo of traumaqueen
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of peensteen
3.8/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep brown colour, one finger of tan head with a good amount of lace. Smell is of roasted malt, both dark and milk chocolate, vanilla, whiskey notes though I wouldn't say specifically Irish whiskey, oak barrel scents, light coffee followed by more milk chocolate. Taste is quite roasted up front, bittersweet notes of chocolate and coffee, oak is subtle at first and eventually becomes more pronounced towards the finish, some whisky flavours but not as overpowering as some other offers from this brewer, vanilla and chocolate finish. Mouthfeel is quite thin and a touch watery, light-med carb, light feel. This was fairly nice and would have been far better if it had a little more body, one of the few I&G beers I haven't found to be over oaked.

Photo of Stocean1
4/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - poured a creamy beige two finger head upon a near black body, patchy lacing and decent retention - nearly impenetrable

S - sweet molasses and vanilla and peaty whiskey - a little smokey

T - follows the nose with sweet burnt malt and a beautiful whiskey note that really comes through as it warms - toffee and licorice also comes through with a herbal hops in the background

M - medium bodied with little carbonation (which I like given the whiskey feel), this brew only has a little bitterness in the aftertaste. It is somewhat sweet and is not dry.

O - Another interesting brew from Innis and Gunn which was a pleasant surprise as I was not expecting a stout (did not read the bottle).

Photo of WeissBoy
4/5  rDev +5.3%

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Bottle dated MAR 2013 poured in to Founders tulip.

A - Medium to dark brown with a slight ruby glow around some of the edges. One finger of bubbly light brown head formed from the pour and very quickly receded to a few bubbles.

S - Toffee, whiskey, roasted malts and brown sugar. The barrel aromas are very subdued and the base beer does not have typical stout aromas either. Not nearly as robust as I expected overall.

T - Whiskey notes up front that are much stronger than the nose indicated but still weaker than expected. Roasted malts, molasses and toffee from the base beer compliment the whiskey. The overall palate is decent but disappointing for the style (especially considering the ABV).

M - Light body with light carbonation. Very thin and watery.

T - While this was decent enough, considering the style and the price point ($5 for 12 oz.) it was extremely disappointing. This might be my last purchase of an Innis & Gunn beer.

Photo of C63AMG
4.25/5  rDev +11.8%

Photo of biboergosum
3.53/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

330ml clear as ever was bottle. Scottish stout, finished in Irish Whiskey casks - a potential Gaelic love-in, to be sure.

This beer pours a very dark brown colour, with cola highlights, and one finger of silky, bubbly, foamy tan head, which settles slowly, leaving a nice drooping ring of webbed lace around the glass.

It smells of grainy wood, more fibrous than strictly vanilla and caramel, some thin nutty toffee malt, and musty earthy, leafy hops. The taste is caramel malt, woody vanilla, brown sugar, some generic barrel booziness, and more of the aforementioned earthy, leafy hops.

The carbonation is pretty morose, and not up for anything lively, the body a fairly steady medium weight, a little cloying in its otherwise pedestrian smoothness. It finishes quite sweet, from malt, barrel, and alcohol alike.

I do quite like this, even though my prized Irish whiskey guest star gets lost in the mire - or does it? The subtly of this particular spirit may just help round out an already decent, unassuming stout. Reduction is not your friend with this one, I'm sad to say - just maybe rein in the sweetness a wee bit, and we're good to go.

Photo of warnerry
3.48/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Best by March 2013

A - Pours dark brown with a reddish tone and three fingers of tan head. Head has pretty good retention and leaves some nice lacing behind.

S - Smell of vanilla, caramel malt, a bit of whiskey and oak, with faint dark dried fruits. Wouldn't have pegged this as a stout, but smells pretty good.

T - Rather sharp initial whiskey taste, with vanilla, caramel, some roasted malt and raisin.

M - Medium/light mouthfeel that is a bit watery.

O - Good beer, but the whiskey and other elements don't really seem to come together very well.

Photo of Naugros
2.55/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This looks like cola while being poured, but it comes together to make a nearly black glass of beer. The head is about half of an inch with some decent retention...enough to get some foam on my nose while grabbing my first whiff. That first whiff was pretty vinous with some roast and a load of caramel. The vanillins did their job in the cask.

I'm not fond of how the whiskey flavors and the stout married. The stout comes off as buttery and I don't believe it's from diacetyl. The whiskey is very evident but at odds with the beer. The fizziness of this thin stout leaves behind an okay mess on the tongue which is the remnants of the whiskey.

If you were hoping for an Irish Car Bomb, forget it. And although this sounds like a marriage made in heaven, it's not. In fact, there should be a divorce.

Photo of wordemupg
4.05/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

330ml bottle poured into tulip 5/4/12

A dark brown with a large loose mocha head that retains quite well slowly falling to a thick film leaving just a little random lace

S dark nutty toffee with a little plum and raisin, there's some coco and earthy wood smells great

T a little licorice I didn't smell and other then that its just a little toned down compared to the nose, there's more evidence of the barrel on the finish

M light bodied for the color and just a little foamy, flavors linger long and strong

O pretty nice stuff and perhaps a new favorite from these guys, great nose and pretty well rounded in other areas

worth a try for sure at less then 5$, I like that they use a darker beer for this barrel I think that was a wise move

Photo of LiquidDegenerate
3.5/5  rDev -7.9%

Photo of rarbring
3.58/5  rDev -5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A beer that is rather dark brown, a tan high head that settles rather quickly leaving much lacing, good curtains.

Smelling of brown sugar eggnog, including an alcohol presence.

Starting with, wood - saw dust, brown sugar, dates some bitter seed notes.

Little carbonation, small bubbles, slightly sticky and oily, a watery rather thin body, a dry short finish.

One of the better I&G, was not ruined by the oak.

Photo of brownbear_19
3.75/5  rDev -1.3%

Photo of raythealeman
4.5/5  rDev +18.4%

Innis & Gunn Irish Whiskey Cask from Innis & Gunn
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